You Must Pay Attention to these Skills if you are Trying to Hire A DevOps Engineer

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Throughout the course of recent years, DevOps has developed from a speciality to a major pillar in high-performing software teams.

Hiring DevOps engineers has become an extreme sport as demand for DevOps engineers has greatly increased. So how do you know if your candidate is the real deal and has all of the skills you need? 

In this article, we will show you relevant skills to look out for to help you secure the best-fit DevOps engineer for your team. 

Technical Skills; Understanding of Source/Version Control:

Version control systems help engineers track the changes they make in their codebase over time to reduce development time and increase the rate of successful deployments. 

These tools enable teams of engineers to collaborate on code at speed and scale, as well as automatically test, analyze and deploy their code once they have written it. 

Your DevOps candidate will need technical fluency in version control skills and familiarity with whatever version control tools your organisation is using (e.g. GitHub, Beanstalk, AWS CodeCommit etc.).

Use of Agile Methodology:

Originally focused on streamlining business processes, Agile is an iterative approach to project management that helps teams deliver value faster in the context of changing needs and requirements. The emphasis is on delivering small chunks of manageable change so teams can remain flexible (or ‘agile’) rather than on ‘big bang’ releases.

While DevOps and Agile don’t fully overlap, in many ways DevOps takes Agile processes and philosophy and applies them to the world of software development.

DevOps engineers with a strong grasp of Agile will bring many useful and practical skills to the table such as competence with sprints, backlogs and user stories that help to create a consistent delivery flow.   

Public Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP):

Your DevOps engineering talent should have substantial cloud experience with your cloud provider of choice, as well as cloud-native toolings, cloud orchestration, automation at scale, infrastructure-as-code, cloud security, and configuration management toolings such as Puppet or Vagrant.

Variety of languages:

DevOps requires not only a solid knowledge of operations but also of development. As such, knowledge of the different languages required for writing automation scripts and coding applications is a crucial skill for your prospective DevOps hire.

Knowing how to understand and write scripts (e.g. for automating infrastructure and CI/CD) is the first critical use case for development languages. Important scripting languages your hires might be familiar with here include Python, Javascript, Ruby and Perl. 

Alongside scripting, it’s necessary to have skills in programming languages such as Java, C/C++ and Go so your candidate can contribute to building features and applications.

It is not compulsory for your DevOps engineers to be proficient in all of these languages, but they should be comfortable with at least a few scripting and programming languages. 

Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD):

Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) supports one of the main goals of DevOps: to streamline the delivery pipeline to release small chunks of code frequently, reliably and with minimum fuss. 

CI is the practice of ensuring that every code commit is automatically built and tested, while CD is the process of creating an automated release pipeline (with the necessary infrastructure, tests and environments) so that any code committed is ready to be deployed at the push of a button.

Your DevOps engineer should be familiar with the core CI/CD processes of automating pipelines, automating testing, optimising processes as well as using CI/CD tools (such as Jenkins, CircleCI, Bamboo etc.).

Entrepreneurship Mindset:

At the end of the day, DevOps is really about organizing teams, breaking down silos, and maximizing collaboration at speed. 

That’s why it is important that your DevOps hire not only be technically proficient but also have a wide range of interpersonal, business and flexible skills.

Time Management/ Organization:

Proper time management implies proper organization.

DevOps engineers must have the ability to deliver as when due and manage tasks properly. Ability to track tasks properly using relevant project management apps like Jira to ensure proper communication among team members is also very important.


If you’re looking for a DevOps engineer with all the skills listed above and one that is a perfect fit for your organization, send an email to [email protected] and we will provide you with some of the best quality talents in 24hrs if needed. 


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